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The NCGP is a Hoax Created by a Troll (But not Really)

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Time for an update in regards to the NCGP and Loot Box regulation. I briefly mentioned my concerns in the news article about the subject. But it turns out that the NCGP is actually fake, but not really. And trust me, this is the best way I can describe it after many attempts at doing so.

It all started once I’ve read Erik Kain’s article on Forbes, where he discloses the fact that the NCGP was an elaborate hoax by a “Prolific Internet Troll” named Kenneth Tran. Erik soon brings up different red flags that makes it seem like an attempt to sway video game press in the wrong direction.

For those in the need of a tl;dr, the evidence Erik exposes are several red flags in the structure of the company itself. From the fact that the domain used for the site seemed too unprofessional for a very serious organization, to the suspicious backgrounds surrounding this committee.

Doubts, Hoodwinks and inconsistent facts, what’s going on?

Personally, I had my doubts from the very beginning because the site’s Press Release had a lot of grammatical errors that not even I would commit. From repeated words to typos and even confused sentences, it was a complete mess. Not helping it was the video from Jim Sterling which was posted a few hours later mentioning these concerns and even more.

At first, I reacted like anybody would expect when I get hoodwinked (Much like that “EA Employee” who got Death Threats). I voiced my concerns about the legitimacy of these rumors and waited for further developments on the issue.

And I got what I wished for and soon, I’ve had even more questions than answers about the legitimacy of the NCGP. After publishing the op-ed, the NCGP Twitter account responded to Erik by claiming this is, in fact, a real think tank:

https://twitter.com/TheNCGP/status/935622813167206400

Okay, the Tweet claims that the Committee is real, however, can we have actual evidence of this? This soon came with a second update from Erik. In it, Erik describes an e-mail how he got an IRS filing proving the existence of the 527 group.

For those who need a quick rundown, a 527 group in politics is created primarily to influence the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates to federal, state or local public office. However, a Committee like this should be a 501(c)3 organization, which fits the description of the purpose better than a 527 group does.

Not only that but the IRS filing was actually made AFTER Erik posted his article. Which only makes things seem even more suspicious than before. The web was going to become even messier from here on out, so try to keep up.

A Change in Domain and an Inaccurate Statement

By the time Update #3 came out, nobody knew what to think of the NCGP and whether or not it was fake. First off, we had a domain change on the website, which is now listed as thencgp.com. The site now looks better developed and even has a new logo on it.

Soon after, we have a statement made in response to Erik’s article so far. The response mentions that the NCGP made a late IRS filing because they tried to operate under another 527 name previously, but there were issues with conflicts of interest.

The bothersome part of the statement is the fact that Erik supposedly got sent 527 documents that are due all the way back to 2016. However, he didn’t get such a document and Tran soon clarified that he didn’t send the second document. Stating that they were previously part of a Republican party.

This is a red flag for me because this organization wasn’t supposed to have any sort of political affiliation. At the very least that’s what I was led to believe when I read their statement in my news piece.

Erik also got informed that Jack Wegrich wouldn’t continue to be a Vice Director for the NCGP. Mostly due to the fact that the person in question is 17 years old. Which is a very unusual age for a senior position.

The statement reassures that this is not a fake news and that this is a legit organization. However, the question wasn’t whether or not this was fake (The title is a joke) but rather, if this organization was actually, you know, competent. The question is not “is this real?”, the question is “Can we trust you?”.

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“The Troll Who Cried Wolf Should Be Trusted”

This is the center point behind this Opinion Piece, the fact that a self-proclaimed “Profficient Troll” is in charge of a Committee such as this. The continued secrecy, the lack of transparency and the inconsistent facts all point out that this is a very fishy project.

First off, an organization such as this always has full disclosure about its members. And so far, the members that are publicly listed are Jack and Kenneth. This case isn’t helped by the fact that this is an organization composed primarily composed of:

  • Political Professionals
  • Game Developers
  • Game Publishers
  • LiveStreamers
  • Gamers

In fact, the statement the NCGP provided also claims that there are people in Games Media affiliated with the Committee. Well, where are those people and how can we reach them for further questioning? What is this organization’s true focus and what are we supposed to gain from it? Is this organization reliable or not?

I’m glad that Kenneth Tran is responding to Erik’s questions, and I believe that the NCGP will make more press releases about this. But the problem is, as soon as one question is answered, more come up, and honestly, if this is a prank (bro) it’s already too late to deliver the punchline. The joke is not gonna be funny anymore.

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Conclusion: Ignoring the real problem for the sake of a prank.

All of this amounts to people ignoring the reason behind the founding of this committee. Which is the fact that gamers need a regulatory organization that prevents companies from being abusive towards consumers.

We need someone to regulate Loot Boxes, Microtransactions, DLC, Season Passes and other aspects so that the Games as a Service model is a stable concept that satisfies gamers rather than an excuse to exploit them. This whole fiasco is deterring us from reaching this goal at all, this is probably the biggest concern I have in this regard.

Whether or not the NCGP is real, something needs to be done about the aforementioned issues. Otherwise, there’s not a point in this Committee existing at all, because legal enforcement isn’t being made. So what’s the point on providing anything at all?

As a final point on this article, I’d like to take a short time to apologize for the times I have been hoodwinked and didn’t follow-up like I should’ve. I can’t excuse my behavior on these actions and I promise to follow-up on the stories and voice my concerns in the near future rather than taking everything at face value.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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